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WORLD NEWS - February 5th, 2010

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It is 1:30 universal time and here is the news in Special English.

The commander of the United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan says security conditions in the country are no longer getting worse. But General Stanley McChrystal says allied forces have not yet completed the fight against militants. He says he still believes the security situation in Afghanistan is serious. He also said that coalition forces are not winning. General McChrystal said Thursday that the coalition has made progress since last year and has set up the possibility for better result this year. General McChrystal and American Defense Secretary Robert Gates are in Turkey for a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies.

A suicide bombing in Afghanistan has killed at least 6 people in Kandahar City. 20 others were wounded. The blast took place near a hotel on a busy street. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast. The goal of the bomber was unclear. Also Thursday an Afghan official said a joint operation involving Afghan and NATO forces killed 32 suspected militants in Helmand province early Wednesday. The official said allied forces raided several homes used by the Taliban in the Nad Ali area.

Officials in Haiti have charged 10 Americans with trying to kidnap 33 Haitian children. The Americans were attempting to take the children out of the country without official permission. The charges were announced Thursday at the Americans appeared at a court in the capital Port-au-Prince. They were later taken back to jail. The Americans have said they were trying to help children who lost their parents in the earthquake on Jan 12. But many of the children have living parents. Some of the parents say they gave their children to the Americans. They said they were told that their children would be educated and have a better life.

The United States says it will work with China on issues of concern but that the nations sometimes disagree. An Obama administration spokesman says the President told Chinese President Hu Jintao in November that he will meet with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Robert Gibbs confirmed that the visit will take place later this month. China opposes the meeting. Mr. Gibbs said President Obama also discussed the exchange value of Chinese money with President Hu. They also discussed the spread of nuclear weapons.

China has officially objected to the World Trade Organization. It has accused the European Union of unfairly taxing Chinese shoe exports. China's Ministry of Commerce announced the action in the statement Thursday. It says the EU import taxes damaged the legal rights and interests of Chinese companies. China is answering an EU decision made in December to extend the groups 16.5% tax on some shoes made in China for 15 months. EU officials first put the measure in place in 2006. The Europe Union Commission says Chinese shoes are being unfairly sold below their cost in Europe. The commission says this harms EU manufacturers.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

American agents have arrested a Taiwanese man on charges of illegally exporting equipment to Iran. The goods could help Iran develop its missile program. Federal lawyers in Florida say they ordered the arrest of Yi-Lan Chen. He was arrested Wednesday in the United States Pacific territory of Guam. Mr. Chen has been charged with exporting equipment from the United States to Iran through Taiwan and Hong Kong. Officials say the goods include engines and export parts as well as other goods that can be used in Iran's military industry. A government lawyer in Florida says Mr. Chen's suspected actions are serious threat to United States' national security.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says his country has blocked equipment exports to Iran. He said the action without of concern that the goods could be used for Iran's nuclear program. Mr. Rudd spoke on Australian television Thursday. He said the shipments were blocked through an Australian law to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Rudd did not provide details. But an Australian newspaper reported that the equipment included pumps that could be used to cool nuclear reactors.

Romania has agreed to seek an American plan to deploy missiles in the Black Sea. Romanian President Traian Basescu said Thursday that the Supreme Defense Council approved the plan. The missiles would be able to shoot down other missiles, possibly once caring nuclear weapons. The deployment is part of a plan to protect Europe. Russia strongly opposes the plan. But Mr. Basescu said the missile defense system is not aimed at Russia. Instead it is to protect the United States and its allies from a possible missile strike from Iran. Romania's parliament must approve the measure. The system is not expected to operate until 2015.

The United States has said goodbye to two popular zoo animals from the cities of Atlanta, Georgia and Washington D.C. The young pandas named Tai Shan and Mei Lan have been sent to Chengdu, China under an agreement between the zoos and the Chinese government. Tai Shan lived in Washington D.C.'s National Zoo, and Mei Lan lived at Zoo Atlanta. The parents of the two pandas are on loan from China. The zoos agreed to send any babies born to the pandas to China. The two young pandas are to take part in panda reproduction programs.

And now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour. The commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan says security conditions in the country are no longer getting worse. Officials in Haiti have charged 10 Americans with trying to kidnap 33 Haitian children. And United States says it will work with China on issues of concern, but that the nations sometimes disagree.

And that's the news in VOA Special English coming to you from Washington.

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